Dark Convicts

Dark Convicts

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Judy Johnson

It is a little known fact that eleven African American convicts arrived in Australia on the First Fleet in 1788. Two of these ex-slaves were the author’s ancestors. In extensively researched poems, award-winning writer Judy Johnson vividly portrays scenes from her black forebears’ lives, both before transportation and afterwards, in the fledgling colony of New South Wales.



Shortlisted - 2018 NSW Premier's Literary Awards (Multicultural NSW) 

Highly Commended - 2017 Wesley Michel Wright Prize


Praise for Dark Convicts

Written with affecting humanity and empathy, Dark Convicts is both a revision of assumptions about colonisation, race and identity, and a powerful remembrance of pioneers whitewashed from Australian history. NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS, JUDGES' COMMENTS  


Book details

FORMAT: Paperback
EXTENT: 144 pages
SIZE: 210 x 140 mm
ISBN: 9781742589183
RIGHTS: World Rights
CATEGORY: Judy JohnsonPoetryUWAP Poetry,